Former trainer Brendan Powell was fined £2,500 and will not be able to apply for a trainer’s licence in Britain for 12 months after a disciplinary hearing on Thursday found him guilty of misleading an owner about a horse’s condition.

Powell was found in breach of rule (A) 30, conduct prejudicial to the good integrity, proper conduct or good reputation of racing, in that the he failed to notify an owner that their horse was injured and required surgery, allowed the horse to have surgery without informing the owning and made entries despite knowing the horse was unfit to race.

The owner and the horse have not been named and the charges are for the period between October 25 and December 23, 2017.

Powell said: “There’s not a lot to say, it’s there in black and white. I admitted to it so that was it really. It’s been ongoing for three years and I am just glad it’s over now.”

Powell, who retired from training in April 2019 and is current assistant trainer to Joseph O’Brien in Ireland, has had his fine deferred for six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Catalogue released for Derby and May Store Sales

Tattersalls Ireland has released the catalogue for this year’s Derby Sale, which will also encompass the May Store Sale. The auctions will take place on the re-arranged date of July 13-17.

A total of 466 National Hunt stores will go under the hammer at the Derby Sale, with lots including siblings to Altior, Champ, Dodging Bullets, Laurina, Put The Kettle On and Relegate.

The May Store Sale will feature 234 stores with stallions such as Flemensfirth, Kayf Tara, Milan, Shantou and Westerner all well represented.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, stabling has not been assigned to horses and details will be included in the printed catalogue in June instead. The stabling will adhere to any restrictions as laid down by the Irish government.